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Reginald Marsh

Bread Line - No One Has Starved

1932

Artist

Reginald Marsh (1898-1954)

Title

Bread Line - No One Has Starved

Date

1932

Medium

Etching

Dimensions

Sheet (Irregular): 10 × 14 3/16 in. (25.4 × 36 cm) Plate: 6 3/8 × 11 15/16 in. (16.2 × 30.3 cm)

Edition information

Proof E | 2 Proofs, Third state

Publication information

Printed by Reginald Marsh

Credit line

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Katherine Schmidt Shubert Bequest

Accession number

82.43.1

Object Label

At the height of the Depression, Reginald Marsh produced works such as Bread Line–No One Has Starved. The print depicts a procession of destitute men as they waiting in resignation for public assistance. Crammed into a narrow pictorial space, with little distinction among them, the men represent poverty rather than the effects of poverty on individuals. Although Marsh no doubt had compassion for the poor, this collective typecasting turns the bread line into yet another element in the metropolitan landscape, different only in mood from the movie theaters, beaches, railcars, burlesque shows, and dance halls that pervade Marsh’s art.